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A list of five more crazy and cool Amazon rainforest animals you can see on your next adventure to the Amazon! Who would've thought any of these ever existed?
The Anaconda is enormous: as the world’s heaviest snake and one of the longest, its length exceeds 5 metres and its weight, close to 100kg (the heaviest verified on record). There is little doubt that there are anacondas out there that exceed both the length and weight of these recorded sizes, leading to its fearsome reputation as one beast you don’t want to come across. It is capable of crushing an adult human and other large prey with ease. Found throughout South America, including in Peru’s portion of the Amazon River (where it is known to swim at fast speeds just below the water’s surface), the anaconda is a star attraction for those venturing deep into the jungle who want to see the myth and legend for themselves.
Amazon River Dolphin
Most people—in fact, virtually all people—have no idea that dolphins exist and thrive in the Amazon River. Primarily associated with the ocean, the Amazon river dolphin goes against the grain not only in habitat, but colour: if you though the idea of seeing a dolphin pop-up next to you on your Valencia Travel Cusco tour, wait until you see that it’s pink! Weighing almost 190kg and with a length over 2.5 metres, this species of dolphin eats almost anything and everything (except humans, so don’t worry)!
The Ocelot is a wild cat of medium size that is extremely elusive. Spotting one of these territorial animals is rare, due to their preference for night time prowling and maintaining a lowkey presence in the dense jungle. They are brave animals, known for fighting to the death in the face of the many predators they face, such as wild boar, snakes, and caimans. Consider yourself lucky if you spot an ocelot, because these slinky jungle cats are experts at blending into their environment and steering clear of humans.
Giant Leaf Frog
Hard to miss due to its bright green colour and massive size, the Giant Leaf Frog, also known as the Giant Monkey Frog, can be found in Peru’s Amazon basin and is most active at night. With a length of up to 12cm, it is one of the largest species of frogs in the world and can be found not only in Peru, but also Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, and the Guianas. To prevent themselves from drying out, the Giant Leaf Frog secretes a waxy coating that gives it its much-talked about glossy green look.
One of the most bizarre and perhaps freaky-looking species of New World monkeys, the Uakari is distinguished by its bare red face and long body of fur. With a face so bald and chiselled that it resembles—perhaps scarily—a skull, these faces are actually highly sought-after by female primates. Basically, the redder the male’s face is, the more handsome they are to the opposite sex! The Uakaris are extremely agile and active, and are comfortable buddying up in small groups all the way up to 100-strong.
If you’re lucky, you might just see all of these amazing Amazon animals on your next Valencia Travel Cusco tour, so get booking today!